A Photographer's Walking Tour of Highgate East Cemetery:
Please check out the photo album to really get a flavour of the amazing location & photographic opportunities. These wetter grey, autumnal November days are just the right atmospheric setting for an afternoon spent photographing this exceptionally atmospheric Victorian cemetery - probably the most famous in England. It is designated Grade I on the English Heritage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Heritage) Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Parks_and_Gardens) with 53,000 graves & a nature reserve.
The attraction is not only that Karl Marx, George Elliot or Douglas Adams, Malcolm Mc Claren along with a host of other remarkable people.. but also the abundance of ornate & distinctive sculptures, headstones that nestle in the natural greenery, rather like " an in between" twilight world...
For photographers, the place is truly an absolute gift - your creative juices can run wild - black & white, vintage - fabulous compositions - variety of lighting - it's all there " for the taking " . Imagine cloudy or flat light, perhaps some sunlight, against the contrasting grey marbles & granite, within the autumnal greenery.. We are already thinking about opportunities for working in low light, playing with contrasts & saturation, bw, sepia, vintage...
Meeting Place : I suggest that we meet outside the entrance to Highgate East Cemetery, on Swaines Laine at 12.30 pm. As it gets darker from around 3pm this should give us plenty of time.
The Photographer's Tour : The East cemetery is a large winding nature reserve, packed with older & new graves, merged & hidden along footpaths & in the midst of foiliage.
I'll guide the group round at a photographer's pace - around 1.5 - 2 hours depending what you need - to the famous graves & also some wonderful locations that i have always found fascinating & make for great shots - along with supplying you with lots of information about the remarkable people who rest there. ( The cemetery is open till 4pm you are of course free to come back to favorite spots after our tour .)
Transport - getting there : There is plenty of parking for cars all the way up the hill on a Sunday which is free or if you are coming by public transport - by train take the tube to Archway & then either walk from Archway to the cemetery is about 20 minutes on foot up Highgate Hill, or take one of three buses 210, 143,271 from the Highgate Hill bus stop - then it's two stops to Waterlow Park It’s then a very pleasant five minute stroll through Waterlow Park to the Cemetery gates.
* Still photography of graves is allowed for personal use only. No tripods or video are permitted.
Following the cemetery tour, if time allows - for those who would like to do so, we can walk up through scenic Highgate to the historic Flask Pub - one of London's oldest dating back to 1663, which is full of character, the odd ghost & more stories.. & more photographic opportunities..
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people, so please book now to ensure your place & avoid disappointment. We will run this tour again for those who cannot get on the list this time.
* Winter is upon us & the tour will take place even if it's raining, the paths are sometimes muddy so please do wear warm clothing, appropriate footwear & bring a hood for your cameras !
* There's no cafe within the cemetery so you may want to bring a snack/drink with you with your gear, as we will be walking for a good while before going to The Flask Pub in Highgate.
* The tour price of £10 includes Cemetery entry fee into the East Cemetery. (The tour doesn't include the West Cemetery which is a separate area & separately charged by the Cemetery) .
*The cemetery is located on both sides of Swain's Lane in Highgate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgate), N6 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_postcode_area), The main gate is located just north of Oakshott Avenue.The nearest transport link is Archway tube station (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archway_tube_station).
The Flask Pub - where we'll have a good warm up afterwards :) !